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Obama ‘fires up’ Democratic supporters with hope for Michaud at Portland, Maine, rally

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Pres. Barack Obama in Maine, Oct 30 for Mike Michaud for Governor. Photo by Morgan Rogers

Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine with Mike Michaud – candidate for governor inspires the crowd with hope and energy. Photo By Morgan Rogers

“You have a chance to choose a governor who puts you first,” said President Barack Obama as he fired up a crowd of about 3,000 people on October 30, 2014 during a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud in Portland, Maine.

“We’ve created more jobs here in the United States over the last six years than Japan, Europe, and all of the advanced nations combined. We’ve made real progress. But what’s also true is, is that the gains of a growing economy haven’t been fully felt by everybody. You know all too well that Maine lags behind the rest of New England when it comes to job growth. Over the next week, you’ve got a chance to change that. You have a chance to choose a governor who doesn’t put political ideology first. “

The President energized the crowd reminding them of the power of hope that grew the Nation.

“And despite unyielding opposition over these last six years, there are workers with jobs who didn’t have them before. There are families with health insurance who didn’t have them before. There are students going to college who couldn’t afford to attend it before. There are troops who have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan and are now with their families,” said the President.

“Cynicism didn’t make that happen. Cynicism didn’t put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never ended a war, or cured disease, or built a business, or taught a young mind. Cynicism is a choice that you make. And it’s being fed to you all the time — don’t accept it. Hope is a better choice…. Hope is what built America. Show that you still have hope, and go out there and vote on Nov. 4.”

 Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine  gave a classic speech to rally support for Mike Michaud for governor. His wife, Hillary and Bill Clinton also came to promote Michaud. Photo By Ramona du Houx


Pres. Barack Obama in Portland, Maine gave a classic speech to rally support for Mike Michaud for governor. His wife, Hillary and Bill Clinton also came to promote Michaud. Photo By Ramona du Houx

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Sen Angus King announces he is switching to support for Michaud for Governor

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Eliot Cutler “releasing” his supporters to vote their consciences.

“Eliot Cutler is a fine man who would make a good governor of our state. He is a friend who I believe would be a true consensus builder, ready to put solutions ahead of politics. My feelings about Eliot on these matters have not changed since I endorsed his candidacy four years ago and again this past August. But, like Eliot, I too am a realist. After many months considering the issues and getting to know the candidates, it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014.

“The good news is that we still have a chance to elect a governor who will represent the majority of Maine people: my friend and colleague, Mike Michaud. And today, I’d like to offer him my support.

“I have worked with Mike Michaud for twenty years and know that he has what it takes to be Maine’s next Governor. He has lived the American dream — going from the mill floor in Millinocket to the halls of Congress — and he knows in his heart that everyone, willing to work for it, deserves a chance to get ahead. Mike believes in protecting our environment and finding new ways to grow Maine’s economy and, as I have seen first-hand, is absolutely tenacious in defending Maine’s interests.

“This was not an easy decision, but I think the circumstances require that those of us who have supported Eliot look realistically at the options before us at this critical moment in Maine history.

“In the end, I believe that what drives us to the polls should be hope – not fear; what calls us to participate in the political dialogue should be optimism – not cynicism; and what informs our decision to vote for the Governor of Maine should be the belief in a system of government where every vote counts.”

“I’m grateful and humbled by Sen. King’s endorsement and his support,” Michaud said. “Sen. King and I have worked together for many years, and we’ve always tried to put the best interests of our state first. With only six days left before Election Day, momentum is building and if we all stand together I believe that we can bring the change we need to Augusta. This is a close race, and we need every voter to show up on Tuesday.”

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On Maine’s ballot: $50 million in bonds for economic growth, and bear baiting citizen’s question

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Bonds will help create jobs. Photo by Ramona du Houx

The Legislature passed a $50 million bond plan last spring to boost job creation by small businesses and invest in key sectors of the state’s economy and clean water infrastructure. Some of the investments will help grow Maine’s stagnant economy as Governor LePage has held back bond investments.

The plan is made up of six separate measures. Each received two-thirds approval in both chambers of the Legislature, which made it impossible for LePage to veto the measure.

“Democrats and Republicans came together to make critical investments in our economy,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves. “This is a positive step towards boosting jobs by building on the best of Maine.”

The largest of the six proposals would invest $12 million to recapitalize the Regional Economic Development Loan Program and the Commercial Loan Insurance Programs — proven financing programs that help promising small business on the cusp of job creation access capital.

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Poll shows Michaud locked in dead heat with LePage for Maine’s governorship

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

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A new poll from Pan Atlantic SMS shows that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Gov. Paul LePage are locked in a tight race to become Maine’s next governor. Third-place candidate Eliot Cutler remains far behind the frontrunners and appears to be losing support. The poll of 400 people, conducted Oct. 15-21, found Michaud and Gov. LePage tied at 40 percent of the vote and Cutler dropping to 13 percent.

“I voted for Nader- voting my conscience, and I voted for Cutler last time around. But LePage has been too damaging for Maine’s economy and reputation. People need healthcare and a minimum wage increase. Cutler said he’d wait for the federal government to raise the minimum wage. He’s not who I thought he is. I’m voting for Michaud. I’m not taking any chances,” said Terry Wright of Portland.

The last poll released by Pan Atlantic, which was taken in Sept. 23-29, showed 39 percent for Gov. LePage, 34 percent for Michaud and 20 percent for Cutler. The poll shows Michaud gaining momentum and support as Cutler’s support fades.
Comparing the two polls from the same pollster, Michaud is showing strong gains, while Cutler’s base is falling. Some people fear LePage might win because of Cutler, who is wieldy considered to be a spoiler in the race.

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Hillery Clinton energizes Michaud supporters and asks them to, “veto” LePage

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It’s time to give your governor a veto,” said Clinton after highlighting the fact that Gov. LePage vetoed accepting federal healthcare coverage for Maine- not once- but five times.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, rallied roughly 1,400 people on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud at Scarborough High School on October 24, 2014.

“I wanted to come lend my support to his campaign because I believe he would be the kind of governor the people of Maine deserve,” said Clinton.

She talked about Michaud’s record of passionate persistent work on the behalf of the people of Maine. She reminded people that Michaud had the courage to run for office and pass laws in the Maine State House that stopped his employer, the Great Northern Mill, from dumping pollutants into his community’s river. Michaud got into politics because he was passionate about stopping the mill’s toxic practice. He continued to work for the mill while being a Representative in Augusta.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York,  in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, in Maine for Congressman Mike Michaud. Photo by Ramona du Houx

“It matters what have you already done,” said Clinton highlighting her work with Michaud on trade issues and how he played a key role in passing the recent VA reform bill. She also mentioned Mike’s work bringing needed funds to rural areas of the state with the Northern Boarder Commission for economic development he created in Congress.

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Maine Governor’s race neck and neck

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

Public Policy Polling’s newest Maine survey finds that after three televised debates, the race for governor is still a very tight contest between incumbent Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. LePage and Michaud each have 40 percent, with Eliot Cutler trailing at 17 percent.

The biggest factor in this race remaining so close is that Cutler, consistently in a distant third place, is continuing to siphon off enough of the anti-LePage vote to keep the contest in toss-up range.

Trailing by 23 points with only 11 days to go until the election, there is virtually no way Cutler can overtake LePage and Michaud. But by splitting the anti-LePage vote, the support Cutler is pulling from Michaud could be just enough to re-elect LePage in this razor-thin contest.


Other key findings from the survey include:

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Out-of-State Tea Party donors give $50,000 to Cutler PAC in Maine

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

The Campaign for Maine, the political action committee supporting Eliot Cutler, received $50,000 in contributions from major, out-of-state Republican donors in its most recent campaign finance report. The donors, James and Marilyn Hebenstreit of Kansas, also contributed the maximum amount to Eliot Cutler’s campaign in September.

The report, filed on Oct. 23 and covering the period of Oct. 1-21, shows that nearly 60 percent of Cutler PAC’s new fundraising come from these two donors. The Hebenstreits are long-time donors to Tea Party Republicans across the country, contributing more than $536,000 to the GOP’s most conservative politicians and special interest groups. This includes $50,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) with their most recent donation of $25,000 in June, $96,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and $65,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

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FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications (FRP) in northern New England will go on strike. Early Friday morning they will establish picket lines at hundreds of work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

“The company’s actions have brought us to this place,” said Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “We did not want to take this step. Our members want to work; they want to take care of their customers. However, our bargaining team worked as hard as we could to reach a fair agreement that would preserve good jobs and help the company prosper. We’ve offered significant concessions to this company that would save them hundreds of millions of dollars. But they absolutely refuse to compromise on any significant issue.”

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Cutler’s selfish approach greatly increases the odds of LePage’s’ re-election

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

BY GREG KESICH

Eliot Cutler does not think he’s the best candidate for governor: He thinks he’s the only candidate. Consider this statement he made in May:

“I don’t believe either Mike Michaud or Paul LePage has the skills, temperament or independence to lead Maine and rebuild our economy. I am running to make sure neither is elected and that I am, and I feel confident that on Election Day I will be poised to be Maine’s next governor.”

At the time, that was seen as the windup to a message to his supporters that he would “release” them on Election Day rather than be a spoiler if he thought he couldn’t win, but it should be clear by now that he said what he meant to say.

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Remember Poliquin’s misuse of his position as Treasurer?

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol news

wcaap1-215x300This article should make folks question Bruce Polquin’s integrity. How would he hurt the state;s reputation in D.C.?

Maine State Treasurer Poliquin misuses position for personal gain
Lawmakers press for answers and demand accountability by Poliquin

By Ramona Du Houx – June 5th, 2012 ·

Today lawmakers renewed questions about State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin’s misuse of public resources for his own political gain. On Monday, Poliquin sent an email blast from the state’s computer system, in his role as State Treasurer, contradicting and undermining the findings of the Maine Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) report.

“Mr. Poliquin continues to choose to deflect criticism by pressing forward with unfounded attacks on the Maine State Housing Authority,” said State Senator Phil Bartlett (D-Gorham). “Mr. Poliquin should be focused on his duties as Treasurer instead of teaming up with special interests to use taxpayer money for a political witch hunt. It is time for Mr. Poliquin to look in the mirror and take responsibility for his own actions.”

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